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Christopher Tye


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Christopher Tye (c 1505–c 1572) was an English composer and organist.

He studied at Cambridge University, and became a Doctor of Music both there and at Oxford. He was choirmaster of Ely Cathedral from about 1543, resigning his post in 1561. He may have been music teacher to Edward VI.

His Latin church music includes masses (notably one based on the song “The Western Wynde”, also the basis of masses by John Taverner and John Sheppard) and psalm settings. He also composed works in English for the Church of England, including services and anthems, and pieces for consorts of viols, including over twenty In Nomines.


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  • ozmafairy3

    I love Tye. He's so amazing.

    24 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Eclectic-G

    I was going to ask what Shrink125 asked and then I saw that FSylvestris answered my question.

    30 Apr 2008 Reply
  • FSylvestris

    Probably because it's thought that Tye was the music teacher to Prince Edward. AFAIK there is no surviving portrait of Tye himself.

    1 Nov 2007 Reply
  • Shrink125

    Why is the image here actually a picture of the young Edward VI?

    19 Oct 2007 Reply

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